Father of Flies Movie Review:

The slow-burning Indie Horror packs a lackadaisical punch

Despite its dark plot and haunting character, ‘Father Of Flies fails to take advantage of its potential. In its brief moments of honesty, the film doesn’t shine as brightly as it could if it had better execution.

The indie horror film is about an unbalanced family that is trying to come back from the death that their mom committed. The dad has a girlfriend, but she isn’t able to convince the kids. She doesn’t want to be their mother as she spends most of her time watching TV while wearing a mask. However, Michael is the youngest. He develops a bond with his mother and signs of something sinister begin to show.

“Father Of Flies” attempts to provide a unique experience by utilizing its limitations placing most things in their places, yet using the excuse of a fictional convenience to avoid difficult situations. A few moments of brilliance or pure terror occur at times such as when Richard dreams about things in Michael’s room.

The issue is that they’re all placed in between moments of dull generic horror set-ups that are unable to differentiate themselves from the other films that have been made before. The director Ben Edwards does not seem to have control over the direction of his narration. The lack of a story in actual fact hurts his goals deeply.

A few genre films have been brave enough to be plotless. There is always a connection between events happening that are happening in the present and the dark mysteries that have been kept from us in the past. They are, however, revealed as a maze of events that are more distant than the relatives.

The house’s surrounding is maximized. The sparse winter trees as well as the stark snow contribute to the fearful sensation that something awful is coming up. The majority of the characters fall into the bizarre plot of the narration. “Father of Flies” is a lengthy film to unravel its main mystery, and leaves long periods of time when the viewer is isolated in its captivating cinematic world.

The time spent with anticipation of the future is enjoyable. The minimalist set-up gives the director Ben Edwards an opportunity to create tension within a bustling space. He’s initially eager to cut back and forth continuously to overlay the scenes that are moving in the plot. But the absence of fast editing – which could create unsettling uncertainty reduces the tension. When you have a limited set of settings, you get the feeling of being trapped and claustrophobic. Both of which are clearly absent in what is ultimately produced.

It’s no doubt that “Father Of Flies” meets the expectations of a film of this quality. Edwards deserves praise for his daring effort. However, despite his best intentions, the experience itself isn’t exactly awe-inspiring. The numerous moving elements of his narrative are disconnected to can be difficult to watch. The scattered nature of the story isn’t sufficient to draw your focus. For those who are a fan of horror, the film could contain some decent content. A little more background information could have been a huge help to Edwards and the ‘Father of Flies’.


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